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MEST made the announcement yesterday in a blog post. The finalists include 83 tech startups from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sénégal, South Africa and Tanzania.
While Debo Engineering won the country final for Ethiopia which was held on 3 June, startups finalists from the remaining countries will now pitch for a place at the finals, which will be held at the 2020 MEST Africa Summit.
A total of 83 startups from nine countries were selected for the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge
The summit, which was expected to take place in Accra, Ghana this month and will now take place as a virtual summit, on a date yet to be announced.
Finalists of the pitch competition, which is now in its third year, stand to receive up to $50 000 in equity investment from MEST and space in a MEST incubator.
The names of the startups selected are:
The Ethiopian finals took place on 3 June, with Debo Engineering emerging as the country winner. The remaining startups that also pitched were:
The Kenyan finals will be held tomorrow (10 June), with the following startups set to participate:
The startups that will be participating In the Côte d’Ivoire finals on 17 June are:
The startups that will pitch at the Rwanda finals on 24 June are:
On 1 July, the following startups will compete in the Ghana finals:
The Tanzania finals will be held on 8 July. The startups that will pitch are:
The Senegal finals will be held on 15 July and the following startups will pitch:
The startups that will be participating in the Nigeria finals on 22 July are:
The South Africa finals will be held on 24 July, with the following startups to pitch:
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